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About Iraq - Not So Fast Colin Powell

By Evelyn Pringle  Posted by Evelyn Pringle (about the submitter)       (Page 1 of 8 pages)   5 comments
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This week I read an article by Rorbert Sheer, that said Colin Powell now says that he and his department's top experts never believed that Iraq posed an imminent nuclear threat, but that Bush followed misleading advice from Dick Cheney and the CIA in making the claim.

To that I say, not so fast Mr Powell, the time to come clean has long passed. In fact, the window of truth-telling time for you ended when the first US soldier was killed in Iraq.

This admission proves that Colin knew the truth and could have stopped the freight train long before it made it to Iraq.

Picture this. The day before Congress is to vote on the resolution, Colin Powell, the only Bush administration official with any hands-on experience with war, schedules a public news conference on all the major television networks, and says:

"Saddam does not pose an imminent threat, I do not believe we need to go to war in Iraq, and I am quitting my job today because the administration is about to engage us in a war I cannot support."

Think about that for a minute. And then think about how many members of Congress would have voted differently if Colin Powell had stepped up to the plate.

But no, he just kept right on lying. For whatever reason, it matters not.

Mr Sheer asked Colin about the Niger statement in Bush's State of the Union speech.

"That was a big mistake," Colin said. "It should never have been in the speech."

"I didn't need Wilson to tell me that there wasn't a Niger connection," he told Mr Sheer.

"He didn't tell us anything we didn't already know," Colin said. "I never believed it."

When Mr Sheer asked why Bush played up the nuclear threat, he responded like a little kid tattling on another kid to save his own butt, and pointed the finger at the Vice President. "That was all Cheney," he said.

That dog won't hunt. The fact is, of the liars who worked the hardest at selling the case for war, Colin Powell holds the title for giving the longest sales pitch on record when it comes to the nuclear threat, and for that matter, for all WMDs in general.

Who among us can forget the tune Powell was singing when he took center stage at the UN on February 5, 2003, and started his speech by swearing to the truth of the evidence he was about to present.

"My colleagues," he told the world on live TV, "every statement I make today is backed up by sources, solid sources."

"These are not assertions," he continued.

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Evelyn Pringle is a columnist for OpEd News and investigative journalist focused on exposing corruption in government and corporate America.
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